UN Chief: Responsible for Terror Attacks in Damascus Must Be Held Accountable

UN Chief: Responsible for Terror Attacks in Damascus Must Be Held Accountable

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

Damascus has seen several attacks since the Syrian conflict started in March 2011.

The death toll from a twin bomb attack targeting a Shi'ite pilgrimage site in Damascus has climbed to 74, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on March 12.

Bab al-Saghir cemetery is located in the old city of Damascus. "The United Nations has expressed regret over the killing of innocent people in Damascus al-Shagur quarter as a result of the blast conducted by terrorists today in the morning, which left 40 civilians dead and a many injured", Zatari said.

Turkey has denounced a bomb attack in the Syrian capital Damascus, which targeted religious sites that Shia pilgrims were visiting.

In a statement released on Sunday, Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the attack.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and ambulances are rushing to the scene to transport the victims to hospitals, Al Mayadeen TV said.

Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar said the attack targeted "pilgrims of various Arab nationalities". Shiites from across the middle east and Asia often visit shrines in Syria, according to the AP. He said a crisis response team has been formed to expedite the identification and transport of the killed and wounded.

Iraq calls for worldwide condemnation of "ugly crime". "It also urges a firm and decisive stand against the takfiri groups responsible for them", Jamal said in a statement.

It says several were killed and the cemetery was damaged.

Shoes, glasses and wheelchairs lay scattered on ground covered in blood. Families usually inherit the locations.

The Syrian government maintains that the attacks killed 40 people.

Twin suicide bombings in the high-security Kafr Sousa district of the capital in January killed 10 people, eight of them soldiers.

The deadliest bombing around Damascus targeted the Sayyida Zeinab shrine in February 2016, costing 134 lives, in an attack claimed by IS.

The government claims to have prevented a third planned attack, al-Watan reported.

There were conflicting reports on what caused the explosions.

It added that such actions are carried out in retaliation to gains made by the army against the Daesh and Jabhat Fateh sl-Sham terrorist groups across the country.



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